To switch between open windows WITHIN a given application, simultaneously press Command + tilde. Works for most apps I have tried; exceptions to date are MS Word Beta and, strangely, Finder! Seems this key mapping is already allocated in Finder (for Go to Folder). Anyone know if there is an alternate mapping which works in Finder?
[Editor's note: Simple tip, documented in most apps' menus, and yet often overlooked - so it's worth mentioning! As for Finder window switching, I haven't stumbled across anything. I mostly use a control-click on the Finder dock icon if I'm after one window in particular.]
Back in April, a tip detailed how to enable the crash reporting system in Mac OS X. With the release of 10.1, that tip is now irrelevant (but I linked here for those that haven't updated yet), as the method of enabling the crash reporter has changed.
In 10.1, the reporting system is now always running. To actually receive crash reports, however, you need to enable them. Open the Console application (in Applications -> Utilities) and open the Preferences. Click on the Crashes tab, and check the box as shown here. After that, if an application crashes, you should find a crash.log file in ~/Library/Logs/, which you can open in Console to see if it provides any useful information. Thanks to Cricket on the X4U mailing list for this useful tidbit!
Today I discovered that a font that I've been using for the past month is actually a MS Windows' True Type Font. I've just copied even more windows TTF into the Fonts folder and sure enough all of them work! I didn't even have to reboot or relogin for them to take effect.
Wheeee, off I go to show it off to those PC people. Thank you, OS X!
[Editor's note: This works as described, and probably as expected, since it's Apple's technology. What I can't remember from OS 9, though, is whether the fonts needed to be converted first.]
Holding down Cmd-V at startup will put MacOS X in "verbose" mode, displaying the Unix system message buffer instead of the Aqua splash screen and progress bar. For those who'd rather always boot in verbose mode (and don't want to hold down Cmd-V every time), the darwinfo.org FAQ explains how to set your Open Firmware parameters to support this.
Note that rebooting into MacOS 9 will reset these parameters, so this tip works only for as long as you stay pure. ;-)
I wondered for a long time how to erase a CD-RW with OS X. In fact, this is very simple (though I don't really like this method): it is done with Disk Utility (in Applications/Utilities).
I don't like it, because with this program, you can also erase any disk! I would have liked to create an Applescript to do it, but Disk Utility isn't scriptable...
[Editor's note: Although basic, this is one of the major changes with OS X. You no longer can erase a disk from the Finder - you must use Disk Utility. Keep this in mind when you look for "Erase..." in the Finder only to discover it's not there!]
OK, so for some systems, it's possible to choose the startup partition holding the OPTION key at startup. Great! But, what is really annoying is the 30 second delay the Mac asks for each time I do a startup with OPTION key.
The other day, I started doing that, but at the same time I had my mouse button down, because I wanted to eject a CD I forgot to eject before shutting down. The CD ejected, and ... the usual partition dialog appeared without any delay!
So I verified again and again ... and it works! Pressing the mouse button while you press the OPTION key at startup brings the partition boot dialog instantaneously, with no delays!
Anyone else tried this? My machine is a 2000 iMac DVSE 500 slot-loading with OSX10.1 OS9.2.1 and 384mb of RAM...
MacFixIt's OS X Page published a tip today for saving "unsavable" QuickTime movies. QuickTime content producers have the option of indicating that a certain clip should not be savable, which disables the "Save" option normally available within QuickTime Pro. MacFixIt details the steps necessary to save a movie from IE using only GUI tools. Give it a read if you'd like a GUI method for saving QT clips.
On the other hand, you can also use the Terminal to accomplish the same result in fewer steps (although it can be argued whether it's easier or harder than the GUI method!). If you'd like to know how, read the rest of this article. NOTE: You'll need the Developer Tools installed for this to work.
normally with ssh you can run (on the command line) 'ssh machine command' to run a command on a remote machine. so put a compiled applescript called 'testscript' in your home directory and try and run it from a remote (or even the local) machine:
ssh yourmac testscript
and it will run that applescript. however, while that applescript shows up in the dock, it seems to have no access to running processes.
A Co-worker noticed that the idea of having a link to buy MacOS X software right there in the Apple menu was very "Microsoftish", so he tracked down where it was located and I figured out how to get rid of the menu item altogether. (I know there are other links out there to customize (in a way) the Apple menu. This simply tells how to get rid of that menu item in X 10.1.)
Warning: If you're not comfy in the Terminal and/or vi, this might not be for you. An unsuccessful attempt at this has the nasty side-effect of not allowing you to run the Finder... (yes, you'd have to ssh/telnet into the machine to fix it if you mess this up somehow.)
[Editor's caution: I have not tried this myself, and it's quite possible that a mix-up in the editing will render your Finder unusable. Please proceed with caution if you're going to attempt this modification! Read the rest of the article for the how-to.]